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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149752/hazard-assessment-of-hydraulic-fracturing-chemicals-using-an-indexing-method
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Guangji Hu, Tianyi Liu, James Hager, Kasun Hewage, Rehan Sadiq
The rapid expansion of unconventional natural gas production has triggered considerable public concerns, particularly regarding environmental and human health (EHH) risks posed by various chemical additives used in hydraulic fracturing (HF) operations. There is a need to assess the potential EHH hazards of additives used in real-world HF operations. In this study, HF additive and fracturing fluid data was acquired, and EHH hazards were assessed using an indexing approach. The indexing system analyzed chemical toxicological data of different ingredients contained within additives and produced an aggregated EHH safety index for each additive, along with an indicator describing the completeness of the chemical toxicological data...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148650/residual-effectiveness-of-permethrin-treated-clothing-for-prevention-of-mosquito-bites-under-simulated-conditions
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Stephanie L Richards, Jo Anne G Balanay, Jonathan W Harris, Victoria M Banks, Steven Meshnick
Biological hazards such as exposure to ticks and mosquitoes can affect health. Permethrin-treated clothing is available to the public. We don’t currently understand, however, the effects of environmental factors such as fabric type, washing, sunlight, and temperature on permethrin content in treated clothing with respect to mosquito knockdown and mortality. We evaluated the extent to which fabric type (100% cotton denim jeans, 100% polyester work shirt, 35% cotton/65% polyester work shirt), light exposure (0 or 100%), temperature (18 °C, 32 °C), and number of washes (0, 3, 12, 36) affected mosquito knockdown 2 hours post-exposure, mosquito mortality 24 hours post-exposure, and permethrin content...
April 2017: Journal of Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148584/metabolic-effects-of-p-p-dde-on-atlantic-salmon-hepatocytes
#3
Pål A Olsvik, Liv Søfteland
Decades after being banned in many countries, DDT and its metabolites are still considered major environmental hazards. The p,p'-DDE isomer, the DDT metabolite found in highest concentration in aquaculture feeds, is an endocrine disruptor with demonstrated ability to induce epigenetic effects. This study aimed at examining the impact of p,p'-DDE on Atlantic salmon. Primary hepatocytes were exposed to four concentrations of p,p'-DDE (0.1, 1, 10, 100 μm) for 48 hours, and endpoints included cytotoxicity, global DNA methylation, targeted transcription and metabolomics profiling (100 μm)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146197/illicit-drug-ketamine-induces-adverse-effects-from-behavioral-alterations-and-oxidative-stress-to-p53-regulated-apoptosis-in-medaka-fish-under-environmentally-relevant-exposures
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Pei-Han Liao, Wen-Kai Yang, Ching-Hsin Yang, Chun-Hon Lin, Chin-Chu Hwang, Pei-Jen Chen
With increasing problems of drug abuse worldwide, aquatic ecosystems are contaminated by human pharmaceuticals from the discharge of hospital or municipal effluent. However, ecotoxicity data and related toxic mechanism for neuroactive controlled or illicit drugs are still lacking, so assessing the associated hazardous risk is difficult. This study aims to investigate the behavioral changes, oxidative stress, gene expression and neurotoxic or apoptosis effect(s) in larvae of medaka fish (Oryzias latipes) with environmentally relevant exposures of ketamine (KET) solutions for 1-14 days...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145783/ntp-niehs-global-contributions-to-toxicologic-pathology
#5
Robert Sills, Amy Brix, Mark Cesta, Sheba R Churchill, Michelle C Cora, Darlene Dixon, Michael Dykstra, Gordon Flake, Ron Herbert, Ramesh Kovi, Kyathanahalli Janardhan, Angela King-Herbert, David Malarkey, Arun Pandiri, Greg Travlos, Cynthia Willson, Susan A Elmore
National Toxicology Program (NTP) pathologists are engaged in important initiatives that have significant global impact. These initiatives build on its leadership in pathology peer review and publications in the areas of toxicologic pathology, clinical pathology, and laboratory animal medicine. Over the past decade, NTP/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences research initiatives have focused on cancer and noncancer hazard identification, with the goal of understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145058/occurrence-distribution-and-ecological-risks-of-phthalate-esters-in-the-seawater-and-sediment-of-changjiang-river-estuary-and-its-adjacent-area
#6
Ze-Ming Zhang, Hong-Hai Zhang, Jing Zhang, Qian-Wen Wang, Gui-Peng Yang
A total of 133 seawater samples and 17 sediment samples were collected from 81 sampling sites in the Changjiang River Estuary and its adjacent area and were analyzed for 16 phthalate esters (PAEs). The Σ16 PAE concentrations in the seawater and sediment samples ranged from 180.3ng·L(-1) to 3421ng·L(-1) and from 0.48μg·g(-1) to 29.94μg·g(-1)dry weight (dw), respectively, with mean values of 943.6ng·L(-1) and 12.88μg·g(-1). The distribution of ∑16PAE concentrations in the water column showed that PAE concentrations in the bottom samples were higher than those in the surface samples (except the transect C located inside the Changjiang River Estuary), with the maxima appearing in the bottom layer at the offshore stations...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144432/climate-change-and-schools-environmental-hazards-and-resiliency
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Perry E Sheffield, Simone A M Uijttewaal, James Stewart, Maida P Galvez
The changing climate is creating additional challenges in maintaining a healthy school environment in the United States (U.S.) where over 50 million people, mostly children, spend approximately a third of their waking hours. Chronic low prioritization of funds and resources to support environmental health in schools and lack of clear regulatory oversight in the U.S. undergird the new risks from climate change. We illustrate the extent of risk and the variation in vulnerability by geographic region, in the context of sparse systematically collected and comparable data particularly about school infrastructure...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139186/factors-associated-with-home-hazards-findings-from-the-malaysian-elders-longitudinal-research-study
#8
Muhammad H Romli, Maw P Tan, Lynette Mackenzie, Meryl Lovarini, Shahrul B Kamaruzzaman, Lindy Clemson
AIM: Previous studies have investigated home hazards as a risk factor for falls without considering factors associated with the presence of home hazards. The present study aimed to determine patterns of home hazards among urban community-dwelling older Malaysians, and to identify factors contributing to home hazards. METHODS: Cross-sectional data from the initial wave of the Malaysian Elders Longitudinal Research study were used. Basic demographics were obtained from the Global Questionnaire...
November 15, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136593/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-organochlorine-pesticides-in-surface-water-from-the-yongding-river-basin-china-seasonal-distribution-source-apportionment-and-potential-risk-assessment
#9
Yizhen Wang, Shilu Zhang, Wenyan Cui, Xianzhi Meng, Xianqiang Tang
The presence of 17 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and 15 persistent organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in surface water of the Yongding River Basin was analyzed through GC/MS/MS during the spring and summer at 46 sampling sites. The goal was to investigate their seasonal distribution, possible sources, and potential risk. Our results showed that the total PAH concentration in surface water of Yongding River Basin ranged from 41.60 to 1482.60ng/L with a mean value of 137.85ng/L in the spring, and from 53...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136573/engineered-nickel-oxide-nanoparticles-affect-genome-stability-in-allium-cepa-l
#10
Indrani Manna, Maumita Bandyopadhyay
Indiscriminate uses of engineered nickel oxide nanoparticles (NiO-NPs) in heavy industries have ushered their introduction into the natural environment, ensuing novel interactions with biotic components of the ecosystem. Though much is known about the toxicity of NiO-NPs on animals, their phytotoxic potential is not well elucidated. NiO-NP hinders intra-cellular homeostasis by producing ROS in excess, having profound effect on the antioxidant profile of exposed animal and plant tissues. In the present study, bulbs of the model plant Allium cepa were treated with varying concentrations of NiO-NP (10 mg L(-1) - 500 mg L(-1)) to study changes in ROS production and potential genotoxic effect...
November 8, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134799/e-waste-driven-pollution-in-pakistan-the-first-evidence-of-environmental-and-human-exposure-to-flame-retardants-frs-in-karachi-city
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Mehreen Iqbal, Jabir Hussain Syed, Knut Breivik, Muhammad Jamshed Iqbal Chaudhry, Jun Li, Gan Zhang, Riffat Naseem Malik
Informal e-waste recycling activities have been shown to be a major emitter of organic flame retardants (FRs), contributing to both environmental and human exposure to laborers at e-waste recycling sites in some West African countries, as well as in China and India. The main objective of this study was to determine the levels of selected organic FRs in both air and soil samples collected from areas with intensive informal e-waste recycling activities in Karachi, Pakistan. Dechlorane Plus (DP) and "novel" brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) were often detected in high concentrations in soils, while phosphorous-based FRs (OPFRs) dominated atmospheric samples...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134520/benchmarking-the-scientific-research-on-wastewater-energy-nexus-by-using-bibliometric-analysis
#12
Tianlong Zheng, Pengyu Li, Zhining Shi, Jianguo Liu
With an exponential increase in urbanization and industrialization, water pollution is an inevitable consequence of relatively lagging wastewater treatment facilities. The conventional activated sludge process for wastewater treatment primarily emphasizes the removal of harmful substances to maintain increasingly stringent effluent discharged standards, which is considered an energy-intensive technique. Therefore, innovative and sustainable wastewater treatment should pay more attention to energy and resource recovery in dealing with fossil fuel depletion, global-scale energy security, and climate change...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133103/health-related-effects-and-improving-extractability-of-cereal-arabinoxylans
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Abdulmannan Fadel, Ayman M Mahmoud, Jason J Ashworth, Weili Li, Yu Lam Ng, Andrew Plunkett
Arabinoxylans (AXs) are major dietary fibers. They are composed of backbone chains of β-(1-4)-linked xylose residues to which α-l-arabinose are linked in the second and/or third carbon positions. Recently, AXs have attracted a great deal of attention because of their biological activities such as their immunomodulatory potential. Extraction of AXs has some difficulties; therefore, various methods have been used to increase the extractability of AXs with varying degrees of success, such as alkaline, enzymatic, mechanical extraction...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131715/microplastic-potentiates-triclosan-toxicity-to-the-marine-copepod-acartia-tonsa-dana
#14
Kristian Syberg, Anne Nielsen, Farhan R Khan, Gary T Banta, Annemette Palmqvist, Per M Jepsen
Microplastics (MP) are contaminants of environmental concern partly due to plastics ability to sorb and transport hydrophobic organic contaminants (HOC). The importance of this "vector effect" is currently being debated in the scientific community. This debate largely ignores that the co-exposures of MP and HOC are mixtures of hazardous agents, which can be addressed from a mixture toxicity perspective. In this study, mixture effects of polyethylene microbeads (MP) and triclosan (TCS) (a commonly used antibacterial agent in cosmetics) were assessed on the marine copepod Acartia tonsa...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129431/ultra-rapid-catalytic-degradation-of-4-nitrophenol-with-ionic-liquid-recoverable-and-reusable-ibuprofen-derived-silver-nanoparticles
#15
Syeda Sara Hassan, Krista Carlson, Swomitra Kumar Mohanty, Sirajuddin, Ali Canlier
This study reports a one-pot and eco-friendly method for the synthesis of spherical ibuprofen derived silver nanoparticles (IBU-AgNPs) in aqueous media using ibuprofen analgesics drug as capping as well as reducing agent. Formation of AgNPs occurred within a few min (less than 5 min) at room temperature without resorting to any harsh conditions and hazardous organic solvents. Synthesized AgNPs were characterized with common analytical techniques. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images confirmed the formation of spherical particles having a size distribution in the range of 12...
November 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128946/microscopy-in-addition-to-chemical-analyses-and-ecotoxicological-assays-for-the-environmental-hazard-assessment-of-coal-tar-polluted-soils
#16
Christine Lors, Jean-François Ponge, Denis Damidot
Chemical analysis of soils contaminated with coal tar indicated that most organic compounds, and particularly PAHs, were contained in coarser particles (> 200 μm). Microscopic observations of this fraction, carried out on polished sections, reported the presence of organic particles in addition to mineral particles. Some organic particles had a very low porosity, and their microstructure did not evolve during biotreatment. Alternatively, other organic particles had a large porosity composed of an interconnected pore network that was open to coal tar surface and thus in contact with soil water...
November 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128559/preliminary-ecotoxicity-hazard-evaluation-of-dopo-hq-as-a-potential-alternative-to-halogenated-flame-retardants
#17
Min Liu, Haowen Yin, Xiaoqian Chen, Jing Yang, Yihuai Liang, Jingji Zhang, Fan Yang, Yunyun Deng, Shen Lu
Recent regulatory and environmental pressures have led to increasing demands for environmentally friendly flame retardants as alternatives to halogenated flame retardants (HFRs). A new flame retardant alternative, 10-(2, 5-dihydroxyl phenyl)-9, 10-dihydro-9-oxa-10- phosphaphenanthrene-10-oxide (DOPO-HQ), was applied due to its high thermal stability and glass transition temperature. However, there is little information available for its ecotoxicology. For this purpose, the preliminary ecotoxicity of DOPO-HQ was investigated and evaluated, using aquatic, terrestrial and microorganism toxicity according to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines under the framework of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation...
November 1, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128202/multi-hazard-risk-assessment-of-coastal-vulnerability-from-tropical-cyclones-a-gis-based-approach-for-the-odisha-coast
#18
Bishnupriya Sahoo, Prasad K Bhaskaran
The coastal region bordering the East coast of India is a thickly populated belt exposed to high risk and vulnerability from natural hazards such as tropical cyclones. Tropical cyclone frequencies that develop over the Bay of Bengal (average of 5-6 per year) region are much higher as compared to the Arabian Sea thereby posing a high risk factor associated with storm surge, inland inundation, wind gust, intense rainfall, etc. The Odisha State in the East coast of India experiences the highest number of cyclone strikes as compared to West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127872/biomonitoring-levels-and-trends-of-pahs-and-synthetic-musks-associated-with-land-use-in-urban-environments
#19
Ivan Tavera Busso, Florencia Tames, José Avelino Silva, Sara Ramos, Vera Homem, Nuno Ratola, Hebe Carreras
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are some of the most studied organic compounds in urban environments, due to their known adverse effects on human health and persistence in environmental matrices. During the last decade, new groups of organic compounds with an intensive use worldwide such as synthetic musks have been raising the interest of the scientific community given their toxicity and health effects. However, literature is still scarce in studies dealing with their concentration in the environment, especially in developing countries, where they are even more rare or non-existing at all...
November 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126025/metallurgical-residues-reused-as-filler-after-35years-and-their-natural-weathering-implications-in-a-mountain-area
#20
Leticia Gómez-Nubla, Julene Aramendia, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Juan Manuel Madariaga
The natural weathering of EAF (Electric Arc Furnace) and LF (Ladle Furnace) steel slag was evaluated through changes in the mineralogical and elemental composition. For that purpose, black steel slag and mixture of black and white steel slag were collected from two forest tracks, where they had been used as filler 19 and 35years ago respectively in a protected mountain area. Primary/original and secondary/degradation compounds were identified by spectroscopic techniques (Raman Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS))...
November 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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